18th edition of “Dash for Down Syndrome” raises funds and raises awareness

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Katy Foley knows firsthand what it’s like to raise a child with Down syndrome. His son, Lincoln, was born with it.

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a disease caused by the birth of a person with an extra chromosome. It affects about 6,000 babies each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are about one in 700 children born with Down syndrome,” said Jason James, board member of the Brazos Valley Down Syndrome Association.

Common physical characteristics of Down syndrome include:

  • Flattened face, especially the bridge of the nose
  • Almond shaped eyes that tilt upwards
  • Short neck
  • Small ears
  • Tongue that tends to stick out of the mouth
  • Small white spots on the iris
  • Little hands and feet
  • Small little fingers that sometimes curve towards the thumb
  • Poor muscle tone or loose joints

Source: CDC

But like everyone else, people with Down’s syndrome want to live normal lives.

“They want to get married. They want to have jobs. They want to live independently, “Foley said.” They are able to do all of this, especially when they are given guidance and support. “

On Sunday, DSABV hosted its 18the Annual Dash for Down Syndrome – a mile-and-a-half walk – at College Station to raise funds and raise awareness about the disease.

“Brazos Valley Down Syndrome Association is an association that helps many aspects of families with children with Down’s syndrome through resources, education, life skills classes,” said James. “A lot of these members that we have, we haven’t seen in a while. They’ve been quarantined and just trying to stay safe, and that’s a good way out… It’s great to see everyone.

Click here if you would like to donate to DSABV.

By the way, October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

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